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By Finn J.D. John
Chronicle Contributor 

Chasing a golden rumor, prospectors turned their backs on a fortune – twice

Offbeat Oregon


August 8, 2019


A hand-tinted postcard from the 1910s shows several different gold-mining techniques.

By Finn J.D. John

Chronicle contributor

It was the spring of 1862, and prospector William C. Aldred had been in the gold fields of California since the Gold Rush first broke out – about a dozen years. And he'd hit just enough gold to keep him fed, clothed and hopeful.

Then one day, as he was taking a little refreshment in the mining-camp saloon, a stranger blew in, took a few drinks on board, and started talking about the rich gold strike that had just been hit in Florence, Idaho.

This fellow must have been a pretty talented talker, because Aldred and the other miners got very excited...

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